Plant ID forum: Asparagus sprouts?

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Name: Mike Keough
Antioch, CA. (Zone 10a)
Jul 15, 2014 12:16 PM CST
Can this really be Asparagus?
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Name: Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Jul 16, 2014 12:32 AM CST
No, no resemblance whatsoever to asparagus.
It's chickweed, Stellaria media, a common weed.
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Jul 16, 2014 6:46 AM CST
Ditto, looks like chickweed to me, too. But you can eat it, too!

When your asparagus comes up it'll look just like what you buy in the store, only much smaller in diameter (until they begin to fill out or plump up a bit.) If you don't pick them the foliage will grow more "ferny" looking, or maybe "feathery" would be a better word.

Name: Tom Cagle
SE-OH (Zone 6a)
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Jul 19, 2014 10:04 AM CST
Asparagus will when it first erupts from the soil, look like a supermarket spear (or skinnier) and as a mature leaf looks like a fern.

A fern with a string of red berries, is a good indication of it being asparagus.
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Name: Juli
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Jul 20, 2014 10:41 AM CST
Here is a photo of asparagus coming up from seed that I found in the database. Maybe this will help.

Name: Mike Keough
Antioch, CA. (Zone 10a)
Jul 23, 2014 12:16 PM CST
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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Jul 23, 2014 12:34 PM CST Admin

Chickweed (Stellaria media)

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